A household hazardous waste collection event is scheduled for April 8, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Gulf Greyhound Park (located at 1000 FM 2004, La Marque, TX 77568).
The City of League City, City of Dickinson, and Keep Dickinson Beautiful have teamed together, with a grant from Houston-Galveston Area Council and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to host the event.
“This is a great opportunity for Galveston County,” said Bridget Kramer, Communications Coordinator and Project Coordinator for the grant. “Galveston County has more than 300,000 people and there are no household hazardous waste venues within the county.”
The event is open to all Galveston County residents.
Event organizers expect high attendance and ask for patience as long waits are expected.
“In previous years, people had to wait an hour or more to drop off their items,” said Bryan Milward, Management Assistant for the City of Dickinson. “We have a new traffic flow map that should assist in reducing the wait.”
A portion of these funds were provided by the Southeast Texas Resource Conservation and Development Counsel from the settlement of an enforcement action brought by TCEQ.
Items accepted during the event include: fertilizers, pesticides, batteries, pool chemicals, paint related materials, thermometers, aerosol cans, household cleaners, automotive products, tires (six maximum), white goods (free of Freon), electronics, fluorescent bulbs, and paper for shredding.
Unaccepted items: business/commercial waste, medical waste (pharmaceuticals, sharps/needles), radioactive waste, PCBs, dioxins, ammunition, explosives, compressed gas cylinders (small propane accepted), smoke detectors, and household trash.
Tips for transporting household hazardous waste materials:
- Containers should be sealed and in their original packing. If not in original packing, mark outside of container with contents, if known.
- Pack leaking containers in a larger non-leaking container.
- Place containers upright in a box or plastic bin and pack newspaper around them to prevent breakage.
- Place materials in your trunk where you will not breathe the fumes during transport.